Recovering Missouri quarterback James Franklin will be out three to five weeks with a sprained right shoulder. Coach Gary Pinkel said Monday redshirt freshman Maty Mauk will start on Saturday at home against No. 22 Florida. Pinkel said he wouldn’t change the offense to accommodate a less-experienced player. Franklin was injured in the second half of Missouri’s victory at Georgia on Saturday.
Out Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says defensive tackle Robert Thomas will miss the remainder of the season after breaking his left leg in a loss to South Carolina. Bielema says Thomas had surgery Sunday night on his broken left leg, which he injured during the second half of last week’s 52-7 loss to the Gamecocks. The senior is expected to need three to four months to recover, which effectively ends his playing career with the Razorbacks (3-4, 0-3 Southeastern Conference). Arkansas, which has lost four straight games, travels to face No. 1 Alabama (6-0, 3-0) on Saturday.
Scheduled Nebraska has delayed games against Tennessee for a decade but found a substitute opponent in the University of Oregon. Nebraska officials say Tennessee had asked to delay their 2016 and 2017 games, which have been rescheduled to Sept. 12, 2026, in Lincoln and Sept. 11, 2027, in Knoxville. The Lincoln game with Oregon is scheduled for Sept. 17, 2016, and the Eugene game is set for Sept. 9, 2017. Nebraska has beaten Oregon five times in their six games. They last met in 1986 in Lincoln.
Planned Sacramento Kings power forward Carl Landry will have hip surgery today and probably miss much of the season. Landry tore a left hip flexor muscle during a recent practice and is expected to miss three to four months. Dr. William Meyers of Philadelphia will operate. Landry signed a $26 million, four-year contract in July.
On leave The University of Tennessee has relieved director of bands Gary Sousa of his duties as director of the Pride of the Southland Band and put him on administrative leave for the fall semester due to insubordination. The university says Don Ryder will serve as interim director. Officials say Sousa promoted misleading claims over limited playing time and budget cuts reducing the band’s travel to away games.